Tamworth TAFE opens new SkillsPoint headquarters

TAFE NSW officially launched its new SkillsPoint headquarters in Tamworth, which will oversee the development of courses for Aboriginal languages, career pathways and employable skills.

The SkillsPoint comes with 13-full time staff and is one of nine in the state.

Assistant Skills Minister Adam Marshall said the SkillsPoint was a clear demonstration of TAFE NSW’s growing ties with business and industry and would help ensure students learnt the skills they needed to get a job.

“We all know the key to successful outcomes for our VET students is giving them the practical, hands-on skills that are relevant to the workplace and help them get a job,” Mr Marshall said.

“This facility will bring together Australia’s largest VET provider, TAFE NSW, with leading business and industry players to develop courses and content for our students and ensure they have the skills needed by industry and our economy.

“The NSW Government recognises TAFE NSW must look firmly towards the future and work with industry to keep our economy powering along and facilities such as these are a key part of that mission.”

Tamworth MP Kevin Anderson said the SkillsPoint would draw on the city’s strengths to  design and develop courses for the entire State and create jobs locally.

“Tamworth is uniquely placed as a regional hub of community and cultural knowledge, making it an ideal location for this state-wide centre of leadership,” he said.